Who will win a FREE VPS Summit Trumpet next Thursday?
It sounds too good to be true, but this WILL HAPPEN if we all pull together and work as a team. Who is our team? Brass players, musicians, friends and family from around the world. We have 8 days to mobilize our efforts and share the rewards. Some of you will give up, while others will carry on strong until the end. But only one of you will win a brand new Harrelson VPS Summit trumpet. Wait a minute, make that TWO of you will win trumpets when we reach our goals outlined below. What are you waiting for? Let's make this happen!
Hint: No purchase necessary. You will have much better odds of winning if you read this entire page.
Why is Harrelson giving away a FREE Trumpet?
Some of you may not realize this, but Harrelson Trumpets is made up of 5 highly skilled members devoted to building the world's finest high brass instruments. We are a small team facing extremely difficult challenges on a daily basis. I have personally built over 1000 trumpets and to this day, I perform most of the machining and final assembly myself. This is no ordinary machining and assembly. Harrelson Trumpets are designed to offer versatile modular options that are not available from any other manufacturer. And the machining is on a level beyond traditional metal forming, bending and soldering. We build the best of the best and this comes with a price, my personal time. Training an apprentice to perform these delicate processes has not been successful despite 15 years of efforts. And this is why Harrelson Trumpets take so very long to build.
Why am I giving away a free trumpet worth six thousand dollars? The answer is simple. I would rather give it to one of my clients, supporters and fans than pay it to a PR Advertising agency. What? A PR Ad agency? Yep! I'll explain, but to see the big picture, I will have to give you some history.
You see, I began developing a program known as Trumpet Momentum over 15 years ago. Trumpet Momentum is a physics-based approach to brass playing and my original business model would have developed this educational resource right along with my trumpet research and development. But I didn't have the time or financial resources to pursue both Harrelson Trumpets and Trumpet Momentum so I set one project aside.
I decided to make 2016 the year I set Trumpet Momentum back into motion. I have developed the program over the years, but key components have not yet become reality.
All three of these tools are essential in applying the Trumpet Momentum approach to each participant's practice and performance. In short, Trumpet Momentum is the only comprehensive physics-based approach to brass playing ever created. The success rate of this program has been extremely high. If you want to become a better brass player, I encourage you to review the past five blog entries to learn more about the Trumpet Momentum program.
Momentum Top Production
So here's the really cool part. The first component, the Momentum Top is in production right now. It is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter and depending on its success, the MiniBell could launch in September and the ASAT may follow this winter.
Again, why am I giving away a six thousand dollar trumpet? Or possibly two trumpets? The answer may surprise you. We already met our funding goal for the Momentum Top on Kickstarter, which was the amount needed to fund the first production run including retail packaging, brass stock, supplies and labor. But the Momentum message is universal and the value of this system is immense once you know more. Momentum literally has the potential to teach every single person how to shatter their own personal glass ceiling and move on to the next level of anything; trumpet playing, happiness, success, etc.
So the first reason I am mobilizing an army of Harrelson supporters is to spread the word so more people can benefit from Momentum. And the second reason is to speed up production at Harrelson Trumpets. If we can work smarter rather than harder, HT will ship Trumpets, 5MM Mouthpieces, Mod Kits and accessories faster. And this will give me more time to finish the Trumpet Momentum program.
Laser Welding & Hybrid 3D printed Trumpets
How can we speed up production? By purchasing better tools. But not just better tools, cutting edge tools that set us apart from everyone. We are known for reinventing the trumpet production process and this is our opportunity to take innovation one step further. Our goals of implementing laser welding and 3D printing in Kevlar and Carbon Fiber will soon become reality. We will become the first manufacturer to laser weld CNC machined tubes and bells this summer. If you didn't know, we were the first (and only) shop to CNC machine tubes in the first place. And with your help, we will create the world's first Hybrid CNC machined + 3D printed Carbon Fiber trumpet. We have our sights set on introducing a new line of Harrelson Trumpets priced in the $2500 range that could be released as early as February on another Kickstarter campaign. But this will only happen if we can reach our financial goals with Momentum by June 22nd.
Yeah, that was a lot of information! But you needed to hear it. Knowing how and why Harrelson Trumpets is growing and changing is essential to our success as a team. You can consider this our "annual report" of sorts. And we see you, our fans and customers, as the driving force for innovation, collaboration and the reason we produce the highest quality brass instruments and mouthpieces. Together, we are the Harrelson Family that has re-shaped trumpet playing forever.
How can you help and what about that FREE trumpet?
I am eternally grateful for all that so many of you have done to support my vision and efforts in the past. So here's where I ask for your help. I know for a fact that I have over 30,000 combined followers on Instagram and Facebook with thousands more not on social media. And we all know the power of word-of-mouth advertising as it has grown Harrelson Trumpets from an idea into the world's most innovative brass instrument powerhouse.
Share and make a pledge in support
Now I am asking each and every one of you to join me in sharing my Momentum project on Kickstarter. The way Kickstarter works is simple. Smart people like yourself hear about an amazing new product or invention and visit the page to view more information. Then they make a pledge in support of the project in any amount from $1 to $10,000. Most people make pledges of $20-50 average. When the funding period ends, the pledges are collected from all participants and the project owner begins producing the new product. A month or two later, the project owner (me) begins shipping rewards.
I am personally asking each of you to make a one dollar pledge. If you are interested in taking your brass playing to the next level and see the value in the Momentum system, then make a higher pledge and I will reward you accordingly as stated on Kickstarter. But if each and every person pledged only $1, my campaign would be featured at the top of the Kickstarter page and it would go viral. This means we would raise our goal much faster. This is our chance for trumpet players around the world to unite and make a difference. If you help me, I will build the next generation of amazing trumpets that are in YOUR price range.
I'll pay you a commission
Remember when I mentioned paying a PR Advertising Agency at the beginning of this blog entry? Well get this... the Ad agency wanted to charge me 35% commission plus $2500 to have their firm advertise my Kickstarter campaign. Any of you versed in business know that this is simply too much for a start-up project. Kickstarter already gets 5% plus another 5% for credit card fees. Adding the two would have been a 45% cut into my production budget, which would make the project impossible to produce financially. And I personally don't believe that paying for clicks on the internet is the right way to spread my message and product. Momentum is far more valuable and a pay-per-click money-making scheme offer is insulting.
I have a better idea. I will pay each of you a 10% commission on every pledge that results from your individual efforts. Simply sign up, share your unique link to my Kickstarter project and get paid 10% of all pledges made by people who followed your link. If you make a pledge, use your personal link and get a 10% commission on your own pledge. And if you post your link on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and your friends pledge $50, you get $5 cash back in your PayPal account. If they pledge $500, you get $50 and so forth. I would much rather pay my friends, fans and clients to advertise than some PR ad guy living the high life! You deserve to be rewarded both financially and by reaping the collective rewards of my Trumpet Momentum program, which is currently being offered in an abbreviated video format for free right here on my blog.
Yes, the potential does exist to make money here and I'm certainly not against this idea. I know some of you are thinking, "I could potentially make a thousand dollars if I share this link in the right places". Go for it! I'm happy to share because I would rather you make money from your efforts than pay it to an agency. This could be your chance to raise money for a new horn, lessons, a mouthpiece or pay some bills. I wish you the best and I'm happy to share insight on how to do this effectively.
Tell me about the FREE trumpet already!
Okay, you've read this far and you deserve to know how to win this brand new silver VPS Summit trumpet. Well, that part is pretty simple. Just follow the instructions below for the first drawing, which will award the first trumpet. And if we reach our Stretch Goal of $125,000 there will be a second drawing for another brand new VPS Summit trumpet.
1) Sign up here
2) Share your personal unique link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (or any other social media)
3) Tag HT in your social media post(s) including one sentence telling the world why you support Harrelson Trumpets and/or Momentum (tag "Jason Harrelson" or "Harrelson Trumpets" or "Harrelson Momentum") A pledge is not required to participate and there is no purchase necessary to win.
4) The FREE Trumpet drawing will become valid only when the Momentum Kickstarter project is funded with at least $75,000 on June 22nd, 2016. (the more we share, the more likely we will give away a new trumpet)
5) A second FREE VPS Summit Trumpet will be given away if we reach our Stretch Goal of $125,000. (The second drawing will require one more simple step, which will narrow the numbers and increase your chances of winning. I will announce more information next week.)
Our success will be determined by our team efforts. If each of of you pledge only $1 to the Momentum Kickstarter campaign, then thousands of pledges will bring us to the front page of Kickstarter and the rest will become history! The sooner each of my clients and fans does this, the sooner we will qualify for the free trumpet drawing(s).
I will be posting daily (and sometimes hourly) bonus rewards on my Facebook (Jason Harrelson) and Instagram (Harrelsontrumpets) accounts so watch and participate to win free key chains, 5MM Modular Mouthpieces, Momentum tops and full Momentum Inventor's Sets!
These include the following valued at over $5800...
It's no coincidence that my Momentum Kickstarter project is ending right after Father's Day. I timed this to celebrate Fathers everywhere and to say thank you to my Dad, John Harrelson, who taught me that learning is a pursuit, a privilege and a responsibility. Thank you Dad for giving me more education than any college or university could ever provide. Happy Father's Day everyone!
YouTube Live drawing for Free Trumpet(s)
Remember, the free trumpet drawing will only happen if the Momentum Kickstarter campaign closes at $75,000 or more on June 22nd. The FREE Trumpet drawing will be broadcast live on YouTube on June 23rd at 7pm mountain time zone. I will print every single name and place them into a container and mix them up. The first name I draw wins this Harrelson VPS Summit Trumpet including a ProTec Contour case in black and shipping worldwide. You are responsible for any taxes or duties incurred by your country or local government. Mouthpiece is not included, but you can win one in our daily bonus events mentioned above. The potential for a second trumpet drawings exists if Momentum closes at more than $125,000.
Where does the money go?
As mentioned above, the funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign will fund new equipment purchases, the cost of producing and delivering Momentum and the costs associated with the campaign itself (Kickstarter and credit card processing fees). Here's a breakdown of estimated expenditures if we reach the $125,000 Stretch Goal.
$35,000 - cost of Momentum launch & production including retail packaging, brass stock, cutting tools, bearings, ruby, sapphire and Si3N4 balls, springs, concave mirrors, Kickstarter fees and advertising
$25,000 - labor and logistics
$10,000 - shipping rewards
$35,000 - new laser welder, training and supplies
$20,000 - new 3D printer capable of printing Kevlar & Carbon Fiber thread, training and supplies